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10th Aug, 2022

Anne Hathaway's Cottage welcomes new residents

RESCUED hedgehogs have found a new place to call home in Shottery.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage has been chosen as a new safe haven for rescued hedgehogs.

Three ten year-old girls from Stratford – Kyra Barboutis, Eve Green and Sophie Smith – have been on a mission to keep the hedgehogs of Warwickshire safe from harm.

The girls are the founding members of Hedgehog Friendly Town, a group dedicated to helping hedgehogs in the area through fundraising and even fostering injured animals.

With reports of the number of wild British hedgehogs in decline, there is a push to to ensure there are safe places for the prickly friends to call home.

Glyn Jones, head of gardens at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said: “I read with interest on social media that three local girls had become involved with rescuing and nurturing poorly hedgehogs, and knew the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust could support their cause.

“I find projects like this massively inspirational, especially working with the three girls who have shown such fantastic, caring and nurturing spirits.

“The Anne Hathaway’s Cottage gardens team have been busy building hog hotels out of recycled materials so our new residents can settle right in.”

Proud mum Helen Barboutis, has been fully supportive and involved with the girls’ campaign.

She said: “Through Hedgehog Friendly Town, we try to reach as many people as possible to help hedgehogs.

“The girls have been posting on Facebook lots of cute pictures and videos of the hedgehogs in our care. We were thrilled when Glyn contacted us and we are really excited to work with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

“All of us live in Stratford and as Shakespeare is such a big part of our town, we want our hedgehogs to be loved by Stratfordians and visitors in the same way.”

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